TED 2013 Session 9Opportunities for International CollaborationCristina Nicolaita Romania, Ümit Çiçek Turkey,Radostina Toneva Bulgaria, Georgia Gyftoula Greece
Why would anyone care to share andcollaborate?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al5ZthL_DBA
• Erasmus Programme 2009-2010213,266 student exchanges37,776 teaching staff mobilities• e-Twinning200,179 teachers27,754 projects 104,572 schools● Comenius€7 billion in education and training between 2007 and 201326,005 partner schools between 2007-2010What happens in theUSA?
e-Twinninge-TwinningThe community for schools in EuropeThe community for schools in EuropeThe free and safe platform forteachers to connectdevelop collaborative projectsand share ideas in Europe
You can see more about e-Twinninghttp://http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htmwww.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm
e-Twinning web sitee-Twinning web siteDiscover what e-Twinning is How to get involvedConnectCollaborate /Project galleryProgressKeep-to-dateGet support
e-Twinning projectse-Twinning projectse-Twinning projects give students andteachers the chance to communicate andshare ideas and practices with theirEuropean partnersAfter the creation of the project scenariothe project teams develop their activitiesplan The most beneficial part for the studentsand teachers is the new friendships andthe wonderful creative moments theyshare
The teachers have the possibility toThe teachers have the possibility toshare their creative approaches in termsof teaching and innovative methodologiespresent typical or innovative work in theclassrooms /or outside the classroomsget familiar with educational systems inpartner’s countrieslearn about the cultural development,historical and natural heritages in theparticipating countriesimprove own language skills
The studentsThe studentshave the possibility tohave the possibility toCommunicate in a safe environment such as thee-Twinning platformPresent interesting moments of the process ofwork in the classroom or outside theclassroom /join to collaborative projectsShare own achievements, dreams and believesWork in European team and express their viewson global issuesbe tolerant, recognize diversity and differencesbetween peopledevelop their national awareness and Europeanidentity
Other advantagesOther advantagesHappy pupils: e-Twinning projects invariablyshow that pupils love to connect with peers inother countries, no matter how easy orcomplex their project is Motivation increases: results areguaranteed. No bureaucracy: In e-Twinning there is nobureaucracy. You only have to submit someinformation about you and your school andthat is all you need to start. No paperwork, no reports
e-Twinning impacts on learnerse-Twinning impacts on learnershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aj5jlCdcnI8
Questions for discussionQuestions for discussionDo you have similar programmes inthe USA?What do you think about the onlinecommunication between students andteachers?
1 European Workshops3 Annual Conferences4 Contact Seminars5 National Workshops6 National Conferences7 Learning Events8 Groups
◊ when? every school year◊ where? across Europe◊ what? workshops +cultural program◊ how long? two and a halfdays◊ how many teachers? 70-120/workshop◊ what language?English/German/French1. European WorkshopsApril 25- 28 2013: Sofia, BulgariaTeachers from Kindergarten to primaryschool levelThis workshop will explore the goodpedagogical practices for the developmentof key competencies, and will be inEnglish, German and French. May 16-18 2013: Bratislava, SlovakiaTeachers from secondary school level.This workshop is about competencies andtheir relationship to a successful project.
Learning Events are short intensiveonline events on a number of themes.They are led by an expert and includeactive work and discussion amongteachers across Europe.The idea of a Learning Event is that itis a short intense course that offers youan introduction to a topic, stimulatesyour ideas, helps develop your skillsand does not require a long-termcommitment in terms of your time. Itis also designed to be an enjoyablelearning experience.Each learning event lasts 4-5 days ofactive work and discussion, followed by4-5 days of reflection and personalwork. The materials are online and youmay access them during your owntime.LEARNING EVENTS17 - 30 April: Creative Drama ineTwinningExpert: Irene PaterakiLanguage: EnglishApplications open 10 AprilThe event will be facilitated by Ireneand members of the CreativeClassroom Group.19 April - 2 May Moving to Maths2.0Expert: Irene VasilescuLanguage: EnglishApplications open 12 AprilThe event is focused on a few ways toenhance the degree of pupils’involvement in projects involvingMaths, which have specific features andare often perceived to be ‘arid’.
eTwinning Groups are privateplatforms for eTwinners to discussand work together on a specific topicor theme. Moderated by anexperienced eTwinner, each Groupsets out activities and tasks forteachers to do and discuss. Topicsvary from languages teaching andcollaborative writing to experimentalsciences. The aim is for eTwinners toshare practice examples, discussteaching and learning methodologiesand find support for professionaldevelopment. ETWINNING GROUPSCreative Classroomhttp://groups.etwinning.net/web/creative-classroom/welcomeModerator: Irene PaterakiThe “Creative Classroom” group iscreated to support teachers towards thisdirection: implementing creativity ineveryday teaching and eTwinning projectsin an effective and professional way.Visibility of eTwinning projectshttp://groups.etwinning.net/web/visibility-of-etwModerator: Daniela ArghirThis group focuses on theimportance and ways of makingeTwinning project work visible on alarger scale, in a safe, responsible andeffective manner.
Participating in an eTwinning project means thatyou are an individual who wishes to provide his orher pupils with the best chances of succeeding byoffering them the possibility to exchange, to share,to cooperate and to broaden their horizons.By running this type of project you are making aspecific contribution to improving the quality ofteaching. Maybe you are not aware of it, but thepractices you carry out in your projects, whetherthey are simple or complex, are teaching treasuresand techniques that deserve to be shared, andshould be made known and recognised by thewhole of the European educational community. There are 2 types of public recognition available ineTwinning. The European eTwinning Prizeshttp://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/progress/awards/european_prizes.htmThe Quality Labelshttp://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/progress/awards/quality_labels.htmAWARDS
TRAININGThe Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database offers a range oftraining opportunities that complement and enrich your eTwinningactivities and professional development.In addition to workshops and learning events organised within theeTwinning Action, the Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database isan excellent resource to find out about other training opportunitiesacross Europe.
As a conclusion,e-Twinning has become acomplex social network forteachers who are keen to theSIMPLE approach.
Questions for discussions:• What kind of networks for teachers to share,innovate, exchange and collaborate are there in yourcountry?• How would you describe a lifelong learning teacher?Are you one of them?• What kind of recognition do the teachers in yourcountry get for pedagogical innovation throughprojects?• Please share with others interesting portals ornetworks for teachers here:http://titanpad.com/n47afKuIK9
LEONARDO DA VINCIPROGRAMMELeonardo da Vinci enables organisations in the vocational education sectorto work with partners from across Europe, exchange best practices, andincrease their staff’s expertise. It should make vocational education moreattractive to young people and, by helping people to gain new skills,knowledge and qualifications, the programme also boosts the overallcompetitiveness of the European labour market.The Leonardo da Vinci programme is helping European citizens to acquire newskills, knowledge and qualifications, and have them recognised across bordersin order to improve their employability on changing labour markets. It alsosupports innovations and improvements in vocational education and trainingsystems and practices.All subjects covered by vocational education and training are eligible if theysupport the transnational transfer of knowledge, innovation and expertise.
LDV MOBILITY PROJECTSWho can apply:• Institutions or organisations providing learning opportunities in the fieldscovered by the Leonardo da Vinci sectoral programme• Associations and representatives of those involved in vocational educationand training, including trainees’, parents’ and teachers’ associations• Enterprises, social partners and other representatives of working life, includingchambers of commerce and other trade organisations• Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services relating toany aspect of lifelong learning• Bodies responsible for systems and policies concerning any aspect of lifelonglearning vocational education and training at local, regional and national level• Research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues• Higher education institutions• Non-profit organisations,voluntary bodies, NGOs
LDV MOBILITY PROJECTSThe general objectives of the IVT (Initial Vocational Training Mobility) andPLM (Mobility for People in the Labour Market) mobility actions within theLeonardo da Vinci sectoral programme are:• To support participants in training and further training activities in theacquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitatepersonal development, employability and participation in the EuropeanLabour Market.• To enhance the attractiveness of vocational education and training andmobility for individuals and to facilitate the mobility of working trainees.
‘Initial vocational training mobility (IVT)’ is fortrainees, apprentices and pupils/ students invocational education and trainingThe action aims at the support of transnational mobility of persons undergoinginitial vocational education and training and is divided into two sub-groups:A. Mobility of apprenticesB. Mobility of persons in school-based initial vocational trainingDuration: Minimum 2 weeks (for individual placement )Maximum 39 weeks (for individual placement )Project Duration max 2 years
‘Mobility for people in the labour market’ putsthe emphasis on learning mobility for peoplewith a vocational degree or universitygraduates, employed or notThe action aims at the support of transnational mobility of workers,self-employed or people available for employment (including graduates)undergoing a training period abroad in a vocational training contextDuration: Minimum 2 weeks (for individual placement )Maximum 26 weeks (for individual placement )Project Duration max 2 years
‘Vet-pro mobility’supports the exchange of experiences betweenprofessionals in vocational education and training,such as teachers and trainers, staff dealing with vocational educationand training issues, and guidance specialistsThe action aims at the support of transnational mobility of persons responsiblefor vocational training and/or human resourcesThe general objectives of this mobility action within Leonardo da Vinci sectoralprogramme are:• To support participants in training and further training activities in theacquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitatepersonal development, employability and participation in the EuropeanLabour Market.•To support improvements in quality and innovation in vocational education andtraining systems, institutions and practices.Duration: Minimum 1 week (for individual placement )Maximum 6 weeks (for individual placement )Project Duration max 2 years
LEONARDO DA VINCI Mobility CertificateThe Leonardo da Vinci Certificate in Mobility is a recognition of thecapacity of an institution to implement a Leonardo da Vinci mobilityproject of excellent quality. The quality aspects cover the content ofthe mobilty activity (policy, strategy, work programme) as well as theoperational and financial capacity of the institutionThe Leonardo da Vinci certificate in mobility is awarded by the NationalAgencies on the basis of an application linked or annexed to a mobilityproject application introduced at the same call deadline. It will bedelivered for a period of maximum 4 yearsIn the application for the certificate, the institution will be asked todescribe its previous experiences and achievements in Leonardo daVinci mobilityA certificate can cover several target groups (IVT, PLM and/or VET-PRO) if project applications exist for those groups
Leonardo da Vinci - Preparatory visitsThe objective of the action is to help institutions eligible for the Leonardo daVinci Programme wishing to establish a new Mobility project, Partnershipproject, Transfer of Innovation Project, Development of Innovation project,Thematic Network project or Accompanying Measure project to contact andmeet suitable partner institutions and/or develop a work plan in order toprepare the project/partnership applicationAny institution wishing to establish a new project in the Leonardo da Vinciactions concerned may apply for a grant to enable staff members toundertake a preparatory visit. The visit may take either of the followingforms:- a visit to a potential partner institution in another country participating in theLifelong Learning Programme- participation in a partner-finding ‘contact seminar’ organised by a NationalAgencyDuration: Minimum 1 daysMaximum 5 days
Leonardo da Vinci PartnershipsA Leonardo da Vinci Partnership is a framework for small-scale cooperationactivities between organisations working in the field of vocational educationand training ("VET") which will be cooperating on themes of mutual interestto the participating organisations. Projects can focus more on the activeparticipation of trainees, while others will concentrate on the cooperationbetween teachers, trainers or VET-professionals. The cooperation shall notonly include VET schools or institutions but also shall also involve theworld of work. World of work partners may include, for example:enterprises; VET providers associated with enterprises (e.g. providingwork-based training, apprenticeships); sector representations, branches;professional associations; representatives of working life (e.g. chambers ofcommerce and trade organisations); and other organisations providingevidence of links to working life and employment (e.g. some localauthorities). They can cooperate at national, regional or local level, but alsoat sector level, such as within VET-fields or economic sectors
The partnership should include partners from at least 3 participatingcountries. Given that only full (not "silent", unfunded) partners have a legalobligation to implement the Partnership project, at least one full partnershould represent the world of work.One of the partners must act as coordinator.LdV partnerships are differentiated from the partnership actions in theComenius and Grundtvig programme on the basis of the content of theactivities, which have to be clearly VET and world of work related.Duration: 2 years
LEONARDO DA VINCI -MULTILATERALPROJECTSDevelopment of InnovationLeonardo da Vinci Multilateral Projects ‘Development of Innovation’ aretransnational cooperation projects that aim to improve the quality of trainingsystems through the development of innovative contents, methods andprocedures within Vocational Education and Training (VET). Innovation is amatter of doing new things or finding new ways of doing familiar things. ForDevelopment of Innovation Projects it means that something innovative isdeveloped (contents, methods, procedures etc.) as the end result of theproject.This Action is open to partner organisation from countries not participating inthe Lifelong Learning Programme on the following conditions:• Neither the applicant nor the organisation responsible for projectmanagement coordination can be a third country partner• Third country participation is an additional option in an otherwise normal,eligible application and consortium.Duration: Minimum 1 yearMaximum 3 years
LEONARDO DA VINCI Transfer of InnovationThe aim of Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Projects "Transfer of Innovation" isto improve the quality and attractiveness of Vocational Education andTraining (VET) in the participating countries by transferring existinginnovations to new legal, systemic, sector, linguistic, socio-cultural andgeographic environments through working with transnational partners.Innovation transfer projects generate synergies by exploiting existing VETinnovations (no "re-inventing the wheel").These existing innovations can be based on previous Leonardo da Vinciprojects, or on any other national, European or international innovativeprojects, and can be transferred into vocational training systems andorganisations at national, regional, local or sector level. Therefore proposalsshould clearly take into account the ownership rights on the previouslydeveloped innovations (intellectual property rights - IPR).
GRUNDTVIG PROGRAMMEThe Grundtvig programme focuses on the teaching and study needs of learnerstaking adult education and ‘alternative’ education courses, as well as theorganisations delivering these services. It aims to help develop the adulteducation sector, as well as enable more people to undertake learningexperiences, notably in other European countries.Adult education raises the level of knowledge, skills and competencesamong the adult population and provides a crucial second chance for thelarge number of adults who leave school early. It also helps to address thechallenge that the ageing population poses for European society as a whole.
Operational objectives:• To improve the quality and accessibility of mobility throughout Europe ofpeople involved in adult education and to increase its volume, so as tosupport the mobility of at least 7.000 of such individuals per year by 2013• To improve the quality and to increase the volume of co-operation betweenorganisations involved in adult education throughout Europe• To assist people from vulnerable social groups and in marginal socialcontexts, in particular older people and those who have left educationwithout basic qualifications, in order to give them alternative opportunities toaccess adult education• To facilitate the development of innovative practices in adult education andtheir transfer, including from one participating country to another• To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services,pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning• To improve pedagogical approaches and the management of adult educationorganisationsSpecific objectives• To respond to the educational challenge of an ageing population in Europe• To help provide adults with pathways to improving their knowledge andcompetences
GRUNDTVIG Learning PartnershipsThe Grundtvig Learning Partnership is a framework for practical co-operation activities between organisations working in the field of adultlearning in the broadest sense – formal, non-formal or informal.In a Grundtvig Learning Partnership trainers and learners from at least threeparticipating countries work together on one or more topics of commoninterest to the co-operating organisations.Learning Partnerships focusing on management of adult education and/orteaching methods provide teachers, trainers and other adult education staffwith the opportunity to exchange experience and information, to developtogether methods and approaches which meet their needs, and to test andput into practice new organisational and pedagogical approaches.Who can apply:All kinds of institutions and organisations working in adult learning, whetherformal, non-formal or informal.Duration: 2 years
GRUNDTVIG WorkshopsThe Workshop Action provides training to Adult Education staff working onliteracy issues exclusively. The objectives of this Action are to give presentand future teachers and staff the opportunity to gain a better understandingof the European dimension in teaching adults with literacy problems, toenhance their knowledge of other European countries education systemsand their provision of adult literacy and to improve the specific skills theyrequire to teach literacy skills to adultsThe Workshops must have a strong European focus in terms of profile oftrainers and participantsThey bring together professionals working within the field of adult literacy,from several countries, in order to improve their practical teaching,coaching, counselling, management skills, etcThe Workshop Organiser can be an organisation, institution, university,school, NGO, association, public authority involved in teaching adult literacyor active in the field of adult education
Workshops bring together literacy teachers and professionals in adultliteracy education from several countries for a multinational learningexperience relevant for their professional development, in which they arealso encouraged to share their competences and insights actively withothersWho can apply:Workshop Organiser: any organisation which is a legal entity and candemonstrate a capability to organise such a Workshop effectivelyWho can benefit:Workshop Organiser: any organisation interested in improving adultliteracy provision and outcomes from countries participating in theprogrammeDuration: Minimum 5 days (without travel)Maximum 10 days (without travel)
GRUNDTVIG Senior Volunteering ProjectsGrundtvig Senior Volunteering Projects support bilateral partnerships andexchanges of senior volunteers between local organisations located in twocountries participating in the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)The Action pursues the following interlinked, equally important, objectives:1. To enable senior citizens to volunteer in another European country for anykind of non-profit activity, as a form of informal (and mutual) learning activity(learning / sharing knowledge).2. To create lasting cooperation between the host and sending organisationsaround a specific topic or target group, and thanks to the exchange ofvolunteers.Projects should involve two organisations, i.e. one from each of the two LLPcountries participating in the project. One of these countries must be an EUMember State. Each organisation will be expected to send 2-6 volunteersand to host 2-6 volunteers during the grant period
Who can apply:• Hosting and sending organisations: any organisation, as long as it is a legalentity and the volunteering activities are non-profit making• Volunteers: adult citizens aged 50 or above, whether or not they are alreadyinvolved in adult education, can apply to the organisations participating in aGrundtvig Senior Volunteering Project to become a volunteerWho can benefit:• All adult citizens aged 50 and above• Hosting and sending organisations can be any legal entity, provided theyoffer non-profit making tasks to the volunteers and place this exchange ofvolunteers within the framework of a European cooperation processDuration: 2 years
GRUNDTVIG In-Service Training for AdultEducation StaffThe objective of this Action is to help improve the quality of lifelong learningby enabling persons working in the field of adult learning, in the broadestsense, or who are engaged in the in-service training of such persons, toundertake a training course in a country other than that in which theynormally live or work. In this way, participants are encouraged to improvetheir practical teaching / coaching / counselling / management skills and togain a broader understanding of adult learning in Europe. The courseconcerned must have a strong European focus in terms of the profile oftrainers and participants.Who can benefit:Teachers and other staff working in adult educationDuration: Minimum 5 working daysMaximum 6 weeks
GRUNDTVIG Visits and Exchanges for AdultEducation StaffThe objective of this Action is to help improve the quality of adult learning inthe broadest sense - formal, non-formal or informal - by enabling present orfuture staff working in this field, or persons who are engaged in the in-service training of such staff, to undertake a work-related visit to a countryparticipating in the Lifelong Learning programme (LLP) other than that inwhich they normally live or workWho can benefit:Present or future teachers/other staff in adult educationDuration: 1 day (for certain activities)90 calendar days
GRUNDTVIG AssistantshipsThis Action enables present or future staff involved in adult education -whether formal, non-formal or informal - to spend a period from 13 fullweeks (see below) as a Grundtvig Assistant at an adult educationorganisation in another European country participating in the LifelongLearning Programme (LLP), other than that in which they normally live orwork.The objective is to give participants the opportunity to gain a betterunderstanding of the European dimension to adult learning, to enhance theirknowledge of foreign languages, other European countries and their adulteducation systems and to improve their professional and interculturalcompetences.Who can benefit:Present or future teachers/other staff in adult educationDuration: 13 full weeks (91 calendar days)45 weeks (315 calendar days)
GRUNDTVIG Preparatory VisitsThe objective of the action is to help any organisation wishing to establish aGrundtvig Learning Partnership, Senior Volunteering Project, MultilateralCooperation Project, Network or Accompanying measures project to get toknow suitable partner institutions and develop a work plan in order toprepare the project /partnership application formAny organisation wishing to establish a cooperative activity of this kind mayapply for a grant to enable staff members to undertake a preparatory visit.The visit may take either of the following forms:- a visit to a partner institution in another country participating in the LifelongLearning Programme- participation in a partner-finding ‘contact seminar’ organised by a NationalAgencyDuration: Minimum 1 daysMaximum 5 days